Our skin is one of the most valuable parts of our body and yet we often treat it so negligibly and negatively. We're horrified at breakouts and imperfections because of how we'll appear to everyone around us. Instead of realizing these bumps are a sign of our body telling us something is wrong or treating our wounds with care, we slather on chemicals and makeup to cover our problems, often making them worse.
Our skin deserves love and respect! As you move towards a deeper love for your skin and attention to its care, here are some simple tips to aid you on your skin- and self-loving journey!
1. Keep it simple.
Approach your skincare as you would a healthy diet: focus on concepts like whole, organic and pure with minimal ingredients. Grab a tube of lipstick or foundation — you'll be astonished at that sheer amount of ingredients, let alone the ones you can't pronounce!
Over the past decade, there's been a growing awareness of how important it is to eat whole, organic foods with as few ingredients as possible. Take some cues from your healthy diet approach and ask yourself if you'd be feel comfortable ingesting what you choose to put on your skin. Since everything you put on topically (even those chemicals you can't pronounce!) will end up on the inside of your body, a simple way to choose healthy skincare and cosmetics is to consider if it would be safe to eat.
Though there are some exceptions, it's a great starting point when revamping your skincare regimen. When considering makeup, choose products that are plant-based and stained with beets, berries and other fruits and vegetables.
2. Oil is NOT the enemy.
Much like in the food industry, we've been taught that fat and oil are our greatest enemies. But actually, the opposite is true! They are a healthful diet and skin ally. Think about it: when you need to de-grease something like a bicycle chain, you use an oil-based degreaser. That's because of the simple scientific concept that "like dissolves like."
Oil isn't the root of all evil when it comes to your acne or a myriad of other skin issues. In fact, the oil (or sebum) in your pores is absolutely essential when it comes to protecting your skin from environmental damage. As we age, the lack of oil in our skin it what causes signs of aging to really show.
The truth of the matter is that by using oils to cleanse the skin, you're dissolving the yucky, bacteria-filled sebum in your pores and replacing it with clean, skin-protecting and hydrating oil which is essential for skin to function as it should. Make sure to choose organic and natural oils that are appropriate for your skin type. Simple, organic oils like jojoba or almond have similar pH balances to your skin and are a great start to minimizing the chemicals you use to cleanse and hydrate.
3. Embrace change.
We're constantly inundated with message like "reverse signs of aging" and "look 20 years younger." This attack on mature and experienced men and women has framed a cultural mentality that we shouldn't look our age.
Embracing the fact that as we grow older our skin will change and have different needs is the most loving and mindful way to accept our skin, keeping it in optimum shape for its demanding job. Your skin is your most vital organ and simply focusing on its flaws as you age will inhibit you from doing so with grace, dignity and health.
Simple changes like revamping your skincare and cosmetic collection so you only use organic, pure and simple ingredients, and becoming your own health expert through reading and intuition can be a great start to embracing your skin and what it really needs instead of covering your "flaws." Reveal the true you by making the health of your skin a priority. You'll be radiant!